Skip to content

Larry Johnson's community service efforts described as "absurd"

Redskins running back Larry Johnson was back in court in Kansas City Friday, and the presiding judge criticized Johnson for failing to comply with the terms of his probation and refusing to do the kind of community service the judge expected.

When Johnson was sentenced to 40 hours of court-ordered community service, that service was supposed to involve coaching children at the Kansas City Police Athletic League.  But Johnson refused to play sports with the children and said he wanted to start an art program.  For some reason he was credited with nine hours of community service, even though the art program was canceled when it didn’t draw enough students.

“Children who go to PAL don’t go there for art class,” Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio told Johnson, per the Kansas City Star.  “The idea that you would draw pictures with kids who want to participate in athletics is absurd.  If I knew you didn’t want to do sports with kids, I would have assigned you to pick up trash on the highway.  That’s what we typically have defendants do.”

Although Locascio said he “puts people in jail every day for not doing community service,” he decided not to put Johnson in jail, even though the judge is disappointed with a lack of effort.

“For a young kid playing sports, the opportunity to have contact with an NFL player is once in a lifetime,” Locascio said.  “That’s why I’m so disappointed here.  I thought you were going to spend time with the kids, and apparently you’re not capable or interested in doing that.”

The prosecutor in the case said Johnson has committed several other violations of his probation.  Those included failure to send monthly reports to his probation officer and failure to complete an appropriate anger management course.

Johnson is on probation as a result of two convictions for disturbing the peace in Kansas City bars in 2008, when Johnson played for the Chiefs.  The convictions will be removed from his record if he completes his probation and community service requirements.

Permalink 49 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Kansas City Chiefs, Rumor Mill, Sprint Football Live - Rumors, Top Stories, Washington Redskins
49 Responses to “Larry Johnson's community service efforts described as "absurd"”
  1. PhilVill41 says: Jul 17, 2010 7:49 AM

    What a loser LJ is.Throw his lame ass in jail where he belongs.

  2. joetoronto says: Jul 17, 2010 7:50 AM

    Larry Johnson is the Lindsay Lohan of the NFL.
    What a douche.

  3. PhilVill41 says: Jul 17, 2010 7:51 AM

    What a loser LJ is.Throw his lame ass in jail where he belongs.

  4. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 17, 2010 7:55 AM

    Sounds like that judge needs to be replaced with the judge handling LiLo.

  5. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 17, 2010 7:56 AM

    Is anyone surprised? I am not.

  6. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 17, 2010 7:59 AM

    “For a young kid playing sports, the opportunity to have contact with an NFL player is once in a lifetime,” Locascio said. “That’s why I’m so disappointed here. I thought you were going to spend time with the kids, and apparently you’re not capable or interested in doing that.”
    *****************************************
    That is why this judge needs to come down hard and lock up punk Johnson. Hey judge, don’t you think it would be a wise lesson if these kids knew just because you are a pro player you can’t just ignore the law and judges orders?
    Send these kids a message, lock him up for 30-60 days

  7. Sportnman says: Jul 17, 2010 8:02 AM

    Why would you want this creep around ANY child? Maybe the judge needs to set the sentence to “Stand there and be the shinning example of ‘How NOT TO turn out when you grow up’ kids”!

  8. randy33872 says: Jul 17, 2010 8:10 AM

    If that was me , I do not think the judge would be so lenient … Just saying..

  9. Tom says: Jul 17, 2010 8:21 AM

    Anyone could have made gobs of yardage behind that line in KC during their heyday. Larry thought it was his excellent moves and speed. He was average at best but thought he was special. His actions as a human being would land anyone else in prison but being a NFL commodity he was and is given way too many chances. He should be given a sack and taken out on the interstate and fill it with trash.

  10. blitzburgh1 says: Jul 17, 2010 8:23 AM

    Put….his….ass….in ….jail.

  11. We need linemen says: Jul 17, 2010 8:25 AM

    Here is the bit that get’s me. The only reason the judge gets to dictate where Larry Johnson spends his time is because he was convicted of disturbing the peace. Maybe the opportunity to have contact with an NFL player is a once in a lifetime thing, so perhaps best not to make it a meeting with one that keeps getting into trouble.
    The judges decision, an anger management course and working with kids. Surely those two don’t mix. “I think you have problems controlling your anger” and “here are some kids to coach.”
    Considering that there is some evidence to suggest that anger management courses tend to make people less able to control their rage the decision to pair those two together looks even worse.

  12. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jul 17, 2010 8:35 AM

    LJ is a pure loser. Now I’m really hoping he gets a severe injury this year that affects him every day for the rest of his life. Idiot. Then again he’s been gang raped by multiple prison lovers before so it may affect his empathy for kids.

  13. Buck Melanoma says: Jul 17, 2010 8:42 AM

    When will Shanahan’s diaper comment appear?
    KC got better by subtraction.

  14. tv says: Jul 17, 2010 8:42 AM

    Maybe he can start a douche bag club with Hanesworth, PacMan, TO, and Pete Carroll.

  15. ejtowne says: Jul 17, 2010 8:44 AM

    onlymyopinionmatters says:
    July 17, 2010 7:59 AM
    “For a young kid playing sports, the opportunity to have contact with an NFL player is once in a lifetime,” Locascio said. “That’s why I’m so disappointed here. I thought you were going to spend time with the kids, and apparently you’re not capable or interested in doing that.”
    ***************** ******************** ****
    That is why this judge needs to come down hard and lock up punk Johnson. Hey judge, don’t you think it would be a wise lesson if these kids knew just because you are a pro player you can’t just ignore the law and judges orders?
    Gosh darn right, couldn’t of said it any better! Just the thought of that j/o getting away with violating his orders pisses me off! Last year i was ordered to do 40hrs of community service by our local judge, and ya better believe if i didn’t do exactly what he ordered, he would of thrown my ass in jail! But i’m not as selfish as LJ! I did what i was told, period.

  16. Buck Stallion says: Jul 17, 2010 9:03 AM

    At least the judge admitted that the only reason L.J. is not going to jail is that he is an NFL player.

  17. mattgso says: Jul 17, 2010 9:03 AM

    Picking up trash for 80 hours now is appropriate.

  18. TFBuckFutter says: Jul 17, 2010 9:10 AM

    “Although Locascio said he “puts people in jail every day for not doing community service,” he decided not to put Johnson in jail, even though the judge is disappointed with a lack of effort.”
    Wow. What a surprise.
    I think we all know that what these entitled celebrity and sports figures REALLY need is a good tongue lashing. And then when that doesn’t work, another good stern talking to.
    It’s the only way they’ll ever learn about consequences.

  19. racf617 says: Jul 17, 2010 9:21 AM

    In his own uniquely depressing way, LJ is among the most consistent players in the entire league: he’s always, always been a scumbag and, unlike most of the others, has never been decent or smart enough to even pretend otherwise. Even Michael Vick knows to *pretend* to care about animals now (*snicker*) , but good ole LJ can’t even muster enough effort to blunder through the cushiest community service assignment I’ve heard of.
    Maybe he’s worried the nine-year-olds in the PAL could outplay him at this point in his rapidly evaporating ‘career.’
    Excellent point, though, by those who questioned why any judge would even want this creepy loser around impressionable kids in the first place.

  20. TheWizard says: Jul 17, 2010 9:23 AM

    Although Locascio said he “puts people in jail every day for not doing community service,” he decided not to put Johnson in jail
    This says it all. A waste of everybody’s time, and a mockery of the law.

  21. Patsfan1776 says: Jul 17, 2010 9:30 AM

    Put him in the can now!

  22. brasho says: Jul 17, 2010 9:33 AM

    Great article it answered all the questions except, WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM? Seriously, that is pretty important, it needs to be answered.

  23. nicewolf64 says: Jul 17, 2010 9:50 AM

    is it any wonder that kids today think they can do whatever they want? celebs and sports stars are always getting slaps on the wrist instead of being used as examples. with fame should come a heightened sense of responsibility. act out and you should get dumped on, not treated like you are above the law.

  24. Citizen Strange says: Jul 17, 2010 9:51 AM

    Although Locascio said he “puts people in jail every day for not doing community service,” he decided not to put Johnson in jail, even though the judge is disappointed with a lack of effort….
    ….. Johnson promised he would let the judge take a good loooooooooooooong sniff of his jock.

  25. MagicMan407 says: Jul 17, 2010 9:55 AM

    Seriously no one is going to comment on the charges? “disturbing the peace in Kansas City bars in 2008″ What the hell is that? Kansas City must suck.

  26. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jul 17, 2010 10:21 AM

    if this judge puts people in jail every day for doing what johnson did then why is he an exception?why is he and other famous people always put on double secret probation instead doing time a non famous person would have to do?he had is chance and blew now make him do the time!

  27. the real deal says: Jul 17, 2010 10:27 AM

    This guy is a joke, he whines and copmlain and said Vermeil didn’t know what is like for him and that Herm Edwards understood his hard ways of life because of his race!
    News Freaking Flash, This piece of junks father was/is a professional Lawyer (with lots of money when scumbag was growing up), he went to an Ivy league school and has been given everything to succeed in life and yet he wants to think/pretend he grew up in the mean streets and is a thug. HA!
    This fool is delusional and should be in a mental institution getting help, not playing football…..seriously.

  28. DrakeDB says: Jul 17, 2010 10:39 AM

    So the douchebag could’ve spent five stinkin’ Saturdays with KC kids and satisfied the terms of his sentence, but that was asking too much of him.
    Five lousy days.
    He’s a low-class loser, now bringing his loser vibes to a loser team in a loser city.
    For a brief second I thought the Skins might have a team this year. What was I thinking?

  29. rraider says: Jul 17, 2010 10:53 AM

    When did Penn State join the ivy league? I thought his dad was a football coach?
    the guys is a idiot but i’m not sure about your facts “real deal”.

  30. Cougar Bait says: Jul 17, 2010 11:23 AM

    Another fine example of our criminal justice system handing out fair and consistent sentences…unreal.

  31. lawofmurphy says: Jul 17, 2010 11:26 AM

    Hahah…there’s a lot to get to here. First of all…Johnson is washed up because Herm Edwards is a terrible football coach and Johnson was ABUSED to the tune of 416 carries in one season. Goodnight. Career over.
    Johnson is also kind of not smart as there’s a lot of evidence to support that.
    Third, I don’t get what is so egregious about an athlete taking up some kind of art? Isn’t that a good thing? Human beings should be well rounded. If Larry Johnson can get some blue chip athletic talent to enjoy painting/music/sculpting/whatever….I view that as a good thing. Of course, maybe Johnson just did the art thing as a weird protest of the punishment…in which case he should be punished further. Although I dunno how you’d prove that.
    Fourth, every post about any NFL player that is even slightly negatie draws way too many dumbass responses about how Player X is a/an douchebag/loser/uneducated so and so/blah/blah/blah. Do people really get enjoyment posting that? I wish we had the comment judging ability back. Too many pointless comments that add nothing to the conversation around here…

  32. MagicMan407 says: Jul 17, 2010 11:31 AM

    Hes probably not in jail because the crime. Who has ever heard of “disturbing the peace in bars”?
    Is it Johnson’s fault that no one wanted to join his art class? Maybe Johnson feels he is more than just a football player?
    If anyone goes to jail for disturbing the peace in any bars please let me know. Don’t people typically get drunk at bars and act rowdy at times?
    I know I do, but I have yet to get a disturbing the peace at a bar citation.

  33. numberfour says: Jul 17, 2010 12:06 PM

    shanarat, no. vermeil, yes. on the diaper comment…

  34. the real deal says: Jul 17, 2010 12:09 PM

    @ rraider
    you seem to be correct, not sure where i heard that info but thought that was the case regarding the lawyer, you appear to be somewhat correct as his father was a vice-principal and a famous high school football coach who now coaches at Penn St.
    Either way, A vice principal who is a good coach, makes a fair share of cash. This fag thug, grew up in a rich community
    Also regarding it being an Ivy league school, because it is not private it is not ivy league, but is highly regarded as having an ivy league reputation although it is a public university.

  35. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jul 17, 2010 12:25 PM

    The law doesn’t apply to these athletes. The judge should be picking up the trash!! Talk about a coward

  36. ham1 says: Jul 17, 2010 12:49 PM

    Life isnt fair. Period. Blue collar workers and the struggling portion of society do most of the jail time.
    Wouldnt it be great if the law was enforced for all criminals equally? Well thats not gonna happen.
    Some judges are plain stupid and for the most part cash is still king.
    Who the F in their right mind wants that pos around their kids?

  37. CH³NO² says: Jul 17, 2010 12:57 PM

    So once again the Redskins make a great choice…………..
    How long before Vick shows up in DC?

  38. ZimmyMan says: Jul 17, 2010 1:06 PM

    to law of murphy
    not everything was Herm’s fault.
    The reason that there are so many negative comments here about Larry is that Larry is a REAL loser….sorry.
    He beats up women on a regular basis but only cause they usually won’t fight back. A locker room cancer who actually reads this site to see if he is mentioned. Lots of folks in KC know Larry like to twitter and post anonymously on the internet. He
    laughs at the fans because “they can’t stop my check”.
    He just doesn’t understand that his future is already written.
    He’ll be broke and smoking crack by age 36.
    By the way, when the Chiefs cut Larry they got better but Kansas City really won out. Just one less creep on the streets of KC. He ought fit right in in D.C. with Shannarat

  39. lawofmurphy says: Jul 17, 2010 1:19 PM

    @ZimmyMan
    Totally understand that. I wasn’t trying to defend LJ’s past. He isn’t smart and I think it goes without saying that that he is a loser and all the negative stuff. My point is just comments that just say “He’s a loser” add nothing to the overall conversation. And this is more a build up of reading every post from Chris Johnson to Anquan Boldin to whomever. We get the same pointless responses…
    I think we’re MOSTLY on the same page though…

  40. Shark839 says: Jul 17, 2010 1:24 PM

    @ Magic man
    He Pled down
    His third arrest for assault came on February 24, 2008, after allegedly pushing a woman’s head at a nightclub that night.[25] On October 10, 2008, Johnson was arrested for the fourth time and charged with one count of non-aggravated assault for allegedly spitting a drink in a woman’s face at a Kansas City nightclub on October 11

  41. sasquash69 says: Jul 17, 2010 1:30 PM

    LJ is a POS. Plain and simple. These athletes think the world revolves around them, and its sad. Once a creep always a creep.

  42. MagicMan407 says: Jul 17, 2010 2:43 PM

    Shark839-
    Well, that sounds alittle trashy. I didn’t know what the crimes were.
    Hopefully as a Redskins fan he straightens up otherwise I am pretty sure they would release him.
    He did however look like he had some juice left in him after watching him play for the Bengals. So as long as he acts his part in D.C and plays well there shouldn’t be any issues.
    I would think that “disturbing the peace” wouldn’t have been a plee accepted by the courts, more like atleast a malicious destruction of property with a tresspass or a lower assult charge for a plee. Typically those charges can run court costs and with a plee with fines atleast over 500 dollars and probation, victim awareness courses, probation or whatever which could even lower the fines possibly. But, for him the fines our justice system gives out is a joke. If I were arrested even 2 times for crimes involving anything which could fall under moral turpitude. I would lose my job, lose my health benefits, be in the court systems forever, likely in jail for some sort of period of time.
    Its sad what has become of the NFL. The saddest thing is that every single team has one of these “POS” even the guys coming in here talking smack bout the Redskins. Fix the justice system and the problem is solved for all athletes and celebs to be equally charged. But, in his case fix the stupid laws in K.C which allowed these charges to be lowered and thier wouldnt be an issue with Larry Johnson being able to play football for millions in D.C

  43. Levija says: Jul 17, 2010 3:00 PM

    how hard is it to do what u are told, he f*%ked up and still can’t do what he was told by a judge that was going easy on him. how special is he. i don’t think he needs to be in the NFL anymore. and its not like he has been that productive anytime recently anyways.

  44. MagicMan407 says: Jul 17, 2010 3:04 PM

    Oh and by the way if Larry Johnson does play, makes the final roster cuts and subs for Portis- mark him down for 600+ yards and 5+ TDs for the Veteran (POS).

  45. frostymugobeer says: Jul 17, 2010 3:25 PM

    sentence him to a “night on the town” with big ben…..that will scare him straight !

  46. Eazy E in KC says: Jul 17, 2010 4:59 PM

    That’s funny, bc that Judge Locasio is a damn jerk. He is the most strict Judge I’ve ever come across. In TRAFFIC court for that matter. LJ got off easy.

  47. robert ethen says: Jul 17, 2010 5:53 PM

    Judge thought a more appropriate service to the community would be for Johnson to jump off the Harry S. Truman Bridge.

  48. Stone says: Jul 18, 2010 3:52 PM

    I don’t understand why he let him off so easy. LJ doesn’t even play in KC anymore. Throw the douche in jail for a couple days if he thinks he’s above the system.

  49. sullijo says: Jul 21, 2010 3:13 PM

    Judge puffs up his chest, says a bunch of “tough” words, and then doesn’t do anything about it. LJ is an idiot, but the judge is worse in my opinion.
    If he really believes kids like sports WAY MORE than art classes – why are my tax $ going to support art classes at the public schools?? Give it to the athletic programs and let’s be done with this foolish behavior.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!